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Social Networking Paradigms Examined: Us Now

Us Now, a documentary examining the power of mass collaboration, government and the Internet asks a profound question: In a world in which information is like air, what happens to power?

This is an intriguing subject illustrating some of the emerging and complex structures forming online that are turning traditional, vertically-integrated organizations and hierarchies upside down.

One of the arguments I find compelling in this documentary is how the pervasiveness of information available through the Web is causing traditional companies and organizations to become increasingly transparent and potentially obsolete.

The changing relationship between customers and companies, the wisdom of crowds, open source software development, peer to peer file sharing networks -these things represent a massive shift in how we visualize our world, how it is changing, and who ultimately wields power.

You can also watch the film here.